I am writing this in response to a friend’s post-graduate project that involves bringing together experiences from the fan fiction and LGBT communities. You can find out more about her project here. This is a reflective essay on my experience writing my Pokemon fan fictions, Professor Ginkgo Chronicles (PGC) and Oda Twin Chronicles (OTC).
Happy belated Valentine’s Day, everyone!
Now don’t get me wrong. I love romance anime. In fact, it’s probably the most covered genre I have done on this blog! So whenever an entire holiday that’s pretty much about sweet erotic love comes around, I always have this urge to tear it all down to show just how silly it is. Now I would call this one of my traditions around February 14, but… I missed my opportunity to make fun of it last year. (Then again, I have also tackled romance around White Day.)
Anyway, that’s enough excuses. If I’m going to break down a romance anime, I’m going to do this right. I need a good series. A popular series. One that exploits the harem genre to its fullest, and oddly enough one of the better series I’ve seen recently in the sub-genre (you heard me), because if you’re going to make a harem series, at least make sure the guy will passionately kiss anyone!
Don’t get too confused! This series is about survival games that use airsoft guns for sport. But since I like making things a little more complicated, there’s more to it than fun and games. After all, this series explores the psychology of these kinds of games as well as a critique on the assumptions of gender roles for those who play them.
I will be discussing these aspects of the series, but my main focus will be about passion and determination that is involved in hobbies like survival games. After all, simply enjoying what you do gets messier when other people with different ideas are involved, kind of like discovering other people’s opinions about anime, right? Sigh.
But I’m not that heartless. This is a comedy series, so I will continue to keep this review fun. And if you don’t like what I have to say, then go back to reading your erotic fictions or something.
I admit that I’ve been putting off a review of this anime for awhile now, and that’s a shame. Despite its first glance, I found the series overall to be very clever in laying out such a ridiculous plot and it is one of my favorite shows to have come out of last year. While I naturally recommend everything that I talk about (including stuff I don’t like), this was among my strongest anime recommendations among friends for 2015. To me, this is a series that isn’t properly judged until you see the whole thing. And when it comes to getting to the punchline, this anime delivers!
But before I start this review, I should probably lay out the scope of what I will be talking about.
- This is a comedy series. There may be a few times where the show gets really serious, only to sucker punch (pun intended) the audience into how ridiculous it is!
- I will not deny that there are lots of panty shots (pun also intended, if you speak Japanese), due to the nature of the show and its characters. You would be right to think I’m crazy to pretend they’re not there.
- If you’ve read my other reviews, you should already expect some spoilers. And given that it’s tough for me to explain specific aspects of this series without them, consider this my SPOILER tag that spans to the end of the article!
Once upon a time, there was an old man and an old woman who wanted a child of their own. One day, a giant peach from up the river came to the couple. When the old man opened the peach, out popped a boy. The couple named him Momotaro (Peach Boy) and raised him as their own son.
Blah blah, goes on a quest, yadda yadda, joined by a dog, a monkey, and a pheasant, things happen, and Momotaro becomes the hero of the village by driving away the oni. It’s a famous tale of heroism in Japanese folklore, but let’s face it: this anime isn’t an adaptation of THAT story! And while Momotaro is a boy born from a peach, Momoko is a girl who grew two peaches of her own!
Don’t get too surprised. There are plenty of breast jokes to be had!